Appetite is the desire to eat food and it sometimes is linked to hunger, and in other cases may not be influenced by hunger. Your Appetite is controlled by our brain and is more of a psychological cue to eat. However it can be hard to suppress your appetite, but your body can always fight back and here are some tips on How to Suppress your Appetite without Food.
- Exercise when Appetite comes calling.
Time and again research shows that exercise can suppress your appetite. How is this even possible you may ask? Studies indicate that when you exercise the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin gradually lowers and this leads you to not feeling hungry after a workout. Exercising also clears your head, improves your physical well being and makes you feel good as endorphins; a feel-good hormone is released after a workout.
- Drink Water.
Time and again studies indicate that many people mistake thirst with hunger and start eating at the smallest instance of thirst. Therefore drinking some water before deciding to eat something will keep your appetite in check. It is recommended to drink at least 2 litres of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated and feeling good. Try to avoid drinking sweetened drinks, carbonated beverages etc. as they may contain sugars and instead trigger another hunger episode.
- Keep yourself busy.
Many a time when boredom strikes many people turn to food to kill boredom. As such, it is of utmost importance to keep yourself engaged in an activity and keep busy. Simple activities such as gardening, singing, taking a walk, volunteering etc can go a long way in keeping your appetite at bay by diverting your mind away from food and more focused on the things that matter.
- Get Proper Sleep.
Many individuals tend to undermine the importance of sleep and the role it plays in one’s daily life. Lack of sleep can make your appetite more active and as such hunger can strike at any time of the day. Therefore you should see to it that you get at least 6 to 7 hours of quality sleep. Multiple studies and statistics point to the findings that people who get less than 7 hours of sleep tend to have a bigger appetite.
- Do Away with Unhealthy Foods.
One simple action one can take to suppress your appetite is by throwing away unhealthy foods which trigger your appetite. This may vary but most common craving comfort foods include chocolates, puddings, sodas, cakes etc. The next best step one can take is by replacing those unhealthy food items with healthy ones.
- Drink Green Tea Before and After Meals.
Green tea has taken the world by storm and for good measure. Green tea is scientifically proven to have weight loss benefits and a host of other beneficial qualities. Studies show that drinking green tea before meals reduces ghrelin levels, the hormone responsible for hunger. This makes you feel less hungry and helps keep one’s appetite on the lower side. Drinking green tea after meals also aid in the digestion process and help in burning fats. Experts suggest drinking a maximum of only 6 cups of green tea and nothing more than that.
- Don’t Skip your Meals.
Skipping meals is not known to carry with it any benefits of any kind, if at all; it further increases your hunger at the end of the day. Ghrelin is the hunger hormone which stimulates your appetite, and it peaks just before meals and falls after a meal. So, if you happen to skip any one of your meals, ghrelin is produced in a greater quantity leading you to eat more than what you anticipated. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to consume all your meals at the right time of the day. Most people tend to skip out their breakfast, which in turn leads them to consume abnormally large amounts of food during the course of the day.
- Keep Moving.
More often than not, we tend to let go of the choices we make and go astray, however allowing yourself to make errors and learning from them will help you get to know yourself better. So even if you fail some days, don’t give in just yet. Get up and keep moving. Results may not be swiftly delivered but with the right mindset and patience it will eventually show up.
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